La Barque le soir
Claude Régy discovered the works of the Norwegian novelist Tarjei Vesaas (d. 1970) through Jon Fosse’s writing. La Barque le soir is an adaptation of an excerpt of one of Vesaas’ novels, like Régy’s 2010 staging of Brume de Dieu. A man drifts down a river, “half-dead”, clinging to a tree trunk: in his almost unconscious state, he sees shadows flitting around him and a troubled vision of nature. A profound and poetic text emerges from this story of a drowning man. Tarjei Vesaas creates an intermediate state between life and death, and questions the nature of reality. The waters become those of the Styx, leading to the underworld; birds of ill omen call from the trees; and a whole world of sensations is stirred up. We remain unsure throughout if the man has been saved or if he has died. Tarjei Vesaas’ literary preoccupations echo those of Claude Régy – they both give precedence to rhythm and sound in language, and the text is always more than just a means of transmitting sense. Yann Boudaud, one of Régy’s favorite actors, speaks all of the text, accompanied by two silent figures. In La Barque le soir the viewer enters an unstable realm between light and darkness, beyond the limits of the visible world, and of time.